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Amid Cancellations, Editors Host Israeli Music Festival

Despite high-profile cancellations by the Pixies, Gorillaz and the Klaxons, the PiC.NiC music festival in Tel Aviv played host yesterday to Editors — and the band took to its online forum after the concert to call the performance “one of the most memorable shows of our career.”

Lead singer Tom Smith, writing for the band as a whole on its website, said Editors believes playing a concert in a country is not the same thing as endorsing its government.

“Right now there is no global concerted effort to change the situation between the Israelis and the Palestinians as there was from the world’s media, sports stars and musicians etc. with apartheid era South Africa,” Smith wrote. “Sure, given the recent events and the way Israel and the whole of the middle east is discussed and viewed through the western media it would have been the easier thing to do for us to cancel, to forget about it and wait until Israel is out of the news again.”

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Amid Cancellations, Editors Host Israeli Music Festival

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